Jun 212020

Alberta based stallion O’Prado Again’s half brother Medicine Tail has requited himself rather well after hooking 2 Steve Assmussen monsters in his first 2 outings.

Medicine Tail finished third to Cazadero, the GIII Bashford Manor winner in his MSW debut on May 29th at Churchill Downs. Medicine Tail returned to action on June 27 at Churchill Downs giving Steve Assmussen’s Whiskey Double a run for his money, finishing second to the $875K Into Mischief Colt.

TDN Rising Star Cazadero takes the GIII Bashford Manor

$875K Into Mischief Colt Graduates in Churchill Unveiling

Canadian Thoroughbred – Morrison -Hastings Racecourse Aims for July 6 Opening; B.C. Derby Off

Shannon “Sugar” Doyle is back in Alberta and will be calling the thoroughbreds at the Century Mile.

HBPA Alberta

Attention Owners! Great news!

Century Mile Racetrack has just given notice they will be able to accommodate owners that have a horse racing that day, in The Finish Line starting Friday!

There will only be 2 owners allowed per horse, and the reservation is non transferable.

Owners will need to email raceoffice@cnty.com before Wednesday at 5:00 PM – they will be given more information from there.

Emerald Downs Wrap – June 24

Mutuel handle on the 10-race card totaled $1,636,000.

Phil has a question:

What is Emerald Downs doing right that Century Mile and Hastings Park are not.

Equibase – Assiniboia Downs July 6 Chart

Handle: $4,106,601

Equibase – Assiniboia Downs June 24 Chart

Handle: $1,209,115.00

Equibase – Assiniboia Downs June 23 Chart

Handle: $1,307,774.00

Equibase – Assiniboia Downs June 22 Chart

Handle: $1,371,012.00

Phil has a question:

What is Assiniboia Downs doing right that Century Mile and Hastings Park are not.

Edmonton Sun – Jones – Rico Walcott Survives Scare On Opening Day At Century Mile

Phil has a question:

Is Dan Jukich here to stay or will he be returning to retirement.

No Excuses

Chronicle-Herald – JONES: No masking emotions at Century Mile as gates opened on pro sports in Alberta

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
Benjamin Franklin

Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer – Contract Agreement Clears Way for Illinois Racing

Rolling Stone  Taibbi – The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit

Bloodhorse – Tagg Targets Travers for Belmont Winner Tiz the Law

Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense. We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security alone more than the net income of all United States corporations.

Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence—economic, political, even spiritual—is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet, we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Dwight D Eisenhower

Phil has a question:

How does funding the military-industrial complex to almost a trillion dollars a year, but not having enough money to fund health organizations benefit the average American.

Rolling Stone – Rodrick – On the Ground at Trump’s Tulsa Burnout: Pepper Balls, Protesters, and a Failing Conman

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
Benjamin Franklin

The Belmont has always held a sweet spot with me, ever since I began covering the Triple Crown for CBS News back in 1969 with Woodie Broun. That’s the year Canadian industrialist Frank McMahon, owner of Majestic Prince, uttered the immortal words, “the Cripple Crown.” 

We were interviewing McMahon on the eve of the race, where his horse was a short favorite over arch-rival Arts and Letters and rumors were rampant that Majestic Prince was not sound. The pair had been a neck apart in both the Derby and Preakness, with Arts and Letters flying at the end, but coming up a head short each time.

Frank had been out partying the night before and looked it.  Woodie asked him what it was like to be on the cusp of history.  He stared into the camera for what seemed like an eternity and then out came something like, “Well Woodie,  the Cripple Crown …”   Majestic Prince finished a  game second to Arts and Letters, but came out of the race lame and never raced again.  

Paulick Report – Lamoreaux: ‘Cripple Crown’ Or Not, There Is Nothing Like The Belmont

America’s Best Racing – Ehalt – Majestic Prince: A Colt Who Lived Up to His Name

Should I Stay Or Should I Go

Canadian Thoroughbred – Jennifer Morrison – Century Mile to Open June 22, Marquis Downs Cancels Season

Saskatoon Star Phoenix – Marquis Downs cancels 2020 horse racing season

Running Back to Saskatoon

Alberta Covid 19 Relaunch Guidance Horse Racing Parks

HPBA Alberta – Teresa –  Horse Racing returns to Alberta!

Edmonton Sun – Jones – Horse racing leading sports’ charge back to Alberta

Sick and tired of Woodbine’s extra takeout.

Try Expressbet Canada

Almost all the US tracks, very easy deposit and withdrawal methods and you’re not giving any extra to them eastern welfare bum bastards.

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Horse Racing Alberta – Race Calendar

Phil has a question:

Why the fuck are they continuing to flog that dead horse on QEII at a time when money’s too tight to mention.

Calgary Sun – Hudes – Stage 2 of Alberta’s relaunch to begin Friday

Canadian Thoroughbred – Morrison – Racing’s Return Still on Hold in Alberta, British Columbia

Phil has a question:

Why haven’t the racing date calendars on the various websites been updated.

What does the undertaker really do other than search for phone booths for Clark Kent.

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Does anyone in western Canada really care about the fans

Edmonton Sun – Labine – Edmonton eyes turning Northlands dorm into temporary homeless housing

Las Vegas Review-Journal – Wayne Newton helps reopen Caesars Palace – Video

You’re So Vain

It is not these well-fed long-haired men that I fear, but the pale and the hungry-looking.
Julius Caesar

Attention Trainers

The HBPA will be holding a meeting for TRAINERS ONLY tomorrow May 30th in the outdoor paddock at 1:30 pm.

We will be following the under 50 people at an outdoor event AHS protocol, masks must be worn, and social distancing will apply.

Please pass on to your Trainer neighbors.

Phil has a question:

Where’s the update from the May 30th meeting.


From Century Race Office
There will be no qualifiers this Saturday, June 6th.
We’ll plan on them Thursday June 11 and Saturday June 13 – pending AHS approval. We need that before we can do anything. Reminder that if you have raced in 2020 and have a clean last line you do not NEED to qualify.
Enter Wednesday 8 am-10 am for Thursday Qualifiers.

May 30th, Century Downs Paddock
Update meeting 1:30 pm

  • We have secured funding to get us through racing this year, 2020.
  • Upon AHS approval, we will schedule qualifying racing on Saturday, June 6th.
  • It is our belief that we will start racing at Century Downs on Tuesday June 16th.
  • It is our hope that we will start racing at The Track on 2 on Sunday June 14th, there is a small chance that this start date may be sooner.
  • Doug Fenske Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Racing has stated that all horses that raced/qualified in 2020 will be qualified to race when racing resumes, providing they race in June.
  • We will have a revised stakes calendar and race day calendar available as soon as possible, please be patient and understand that this takes a lot of work and we are working to get this done as soon as possible.
  • Racing Protocols – Each racetrack will have protocols that must be adhered to.  Everyone (essential workers only please) who are or will be on the grounds MUST print name, sign and date a protocol form.  These forms are available on the ASHA website, in the Century Downs race office.  A box has been placed by the forms in the Century Downs race office for completed forms.
  • All persons (essential workers only please) on the backstretch MUST wear a face covering (covering mouth and nose).  The only face coverings that will be permitted in the test barn, are masks.  No bandanas or scarves will be permitted in the Test barn, as per CPMA and Racing Forensics regulations. ASHA is in the process of securing some masks.
  • It is of utmost importance that we follow the protocols approved by AHS and the Alberta Government.  Remember we are under several watchful eyes, and we must go above and beyond to continue to be permitted to race.  It is imperative that we keep up with protocols and keep everyone healthy in order to continue racing.
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been set up around the barn area, please use these stations.


  •  Everyone entering the building MUST enter through the race office/east door.
  • No more than one person in the building at a time (unless living in the same household).
  • All persons MUST sanitize their hands upon entering the building; a hand sanitizer station is located in the middle of the building on the north wall beside the bulletin board.
  • Standardbred Canada representatives are not working at the tracks, and Standardbred Canada has asked that you do your business remotely by phone, online, e-shop etc.
  • Bookkeeper’s office will be open as usual.  Enter through the east door; sanitize hands, no more than one person at any time (unless living in the same household).  Paperwork can be dropped through the slot in the door when the office is open, or in the locked mailbox when the office is closed.

  2 Responses to “Alberta Thoroughbred Horse Racing Update”

  1. “Horse racing at Evergreen Park inching closer to return | EverythingGP”

    Positive statement from Evergreen Park GM Dan Gorman to the government’s commitment to horse racing while the powers to be sit in the bleachers enjoying a beer?

    Backstretch hoof paint and seagull feathering in the paddock has been cancelled for veteran trainer, source for recent “Jumped the gun” Jones Sun article due to AHS regulations.

    Hopefully a decision next week as this has become a ball and chain for industry as bills mount without racing?

  2. Abacus back.

    Possible light at end of tunnel, no freight train $$ just passengers following strict distancing protocol policy to operate

    If non spectator racing gets stage 2 designation hopefully by mid June with thoroughbreds being more individuals involved to conduct racing with valets,starting gate etc.

    Racinos are stage 3, could be months away? operating initially 50% for social distancing, that really hinders $$$

    Alberta economy GDP to contract 7% in 2020
    Alberta unemployment rate 17.4% in 2020
    Nisku/Leduc oilpatch 18 rigs out of 512 in fleet working
    HRA $2 million in debt
    Funding for race season should be interesting as to $$$

    Restricted disposal income for racino patrons. Could be the only one flocking to the slots will be hungry seagulls in parking lot!

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